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Cardiff Blues and Pau will meet for the fourth time in the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday when they lock horns at Cardiff Arms Park in a Pool 5 clash.
The Welsh region have won all three matches so far, including a semi-final in 2018, when they won the trophy for the second time.
- Cardiff have won their last nine European fixtures against French opponents.
- Pau’s victory against Ospreys last season ended a sequence of seven straight defeats against Welsh opposition.
- Cardiff have the best tackle rate of any side in the Challenge Cup so far this season (89%).
“It’s been a bit like your first week in school. Playing the Cardiff Blues way, their brand of rugby attracted me. Hopefully I can get the ball in my hands and make an impression on the team@JoshAdams951 in line for his debut on Saturday, join us at CAP https://t.co/YF02TJdHEm pic.twitter.com/ecDU5Wo7li
— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) December 4, 2019
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Cardiff Blues romped to their second win in Pool 5 of the European Challenge Cup with a runaway 54-22 win over Pau at the Arms Park.
Josh Adams had a night to remember on his Cardiff debut with a brilliant hat-trick of tries as the visitors had no answer to the Blues stunning approach work.
Fly-half Jarrod Evans was also at the top of his form crossing for two tries as well as landing five conversions.
— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) December 7, 2019
Full-back Matthew Morgan, winger Owen Lane and centre Ben Thomas, also on his debut, also crossed for tries as the Pau defence struggled to contain the rampant home side.
Pau briefly led 10-7 in the first half when hooker Lucas Key went over for a try converted by Tom Taylor who also notched a penalty, but they were 28-10 down by half-time.
54' ESSAI ! Pierre Nueno est à la réception d'un beau coup de pied de Thibault Debaes et aplatit le 2e essai palois ! #CARvPAU #ChallengeCupRugby #EnVertEtContreTous pic.twitter.com/hHpIfyrBT9
— Section Paloise Béarn Pyrénées (@SectionPaloise) December 7, 2019
Centre Pierre Nueno scored for the visitors early in the second period but they had to wait until five minutes from time for their third try through replacement Sam Marques.
Pau will attempt to gain revenge when the two sides meet again in France on Friday evening.
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